Dreams are incredibly interesting and convoluted. There is so much to know about dreaming and so little that we are actively able to know and study. All this for a very common part of life that literally every single person on the planet has taken part in. In all our different dreams, with different meanings, subject matters, and features, there are some commonalities among all of our dreams.
1. Dreams are intense…I mean, really intense.
The emotional state that you experience whilst dreaming is like a hyped up version of reality—that may be one of the reasons why some dreams are so memorable. Your dreams may be characterized by intense fear (ever dream of being chased on falling off a cliff?) or public humiliation (naked dreams, anyone). According to researchers, the three most common emotions experienced in dreams are anxiety, fear, and surprise.
2. Dreams are often illogical
Dreams exist outside of waking life logic. It may be common to dream about flying, one person transforming into another person, or disappearing and then reappearing in an entirely different place. Because our reality in a dream is outside of normal logic, we don’t bat an eye at these logical transgressions.
3. Dream content is not questioned
Whatever the story line of your dream, the content of your dreams is unquestioned by your dream self. This corresponds to point 2 in that in this dream world, our logical consistency is entirely internal. What makes sense to us in reality doesn’t necessarily make sense to us in a dream; in the same sense, what makes sense to us in a dream doesn’t necessarily make sense to us in the waking world. Dream selves simply do not have the capacity to think logically or overcome the questions that might arise in a similar situation in a waking world.
4. Dreams often involve weird sensory experiences
In dreams it’s incredibly common to experience sensations such as flying or falling in a dream world—even if we’ve never experienced these sensations in waking life. Our brains come up with what these sensory experiences feel like even if we don’t actually have the real experience of it.
5. Dreams are tough to remember
One of the most frustrating things about dream research is just how difficult it is to remember dreams. In fact, did you know that around 95% of all dreams are immediately forgotten upon waking. This is where dream journaling comes in handy—with diligent dream journaling we can come to train ourselves to better remember our dreams.
Do you relate to these points here? I know that every single one is spot on the money for me. And reading through them, it only makes me more excited to keep up with my dream journaling efforts.